When you make a substantial financial outlay for hardware to host IT infrastructure workload, you, and the people who sign the checks, want to be certain that you get as much as possible out of your investment.
You don’t want to spend a bucket of money to buy a hardware chassis and then find, a couple of years later, that replacement parts are no longer made because the manufacturer has moved on and wants you to purchase its newer model.
One of the value propositions of converged architecture is the guarantee of hardware support for the lifetime of the device. You won’t get a rude shock, several years down the line, when you approach the vendor to replace a critical component on an otherwise capable server, only to find that the vendor has long ago run out of stock. Many systems administrators I know have had to scour online auction sites for server parts because they needed to replace failed components on systems capable of serving for years as effective hosts for mission-critical workloads.
In the past, organizations assumed that even the best server hardware would likely be superseded as capabilities improved at an exponential rate. In contrast, new computer hardware—properly configured—can be as capable of running mission-critical workloads 10 years from now as it is today.
This is why it is important to look for vendor solutions that guarantee replacement parts will be available years into the future, not just until the next model of the hardware is released.
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